A flooded street in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, on Monday morning. (SP Photo/Carlos Roy Fajarta Barus)

Roads Impassable as Heavy Rain Floods Parts of Jakarta


FEBRUARY 09, 2015

[This story was updated at 3:47 p.m on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, to add details on power cuts]

Jakarta. After a night of heavy rain in the Greater Jakarta area, dozens of areas throughout the Indonesian capital experienced moderate to heavy flooding on Monday, with traffic grinding to a complete halt and the precipitation showing no signs of abating as of around 2 p.m.

Public transportation was severely affected, with the TransJakarta busway ceasing operations on at least half of its corridors in the morning.

“We’re sorry for the interrupted TransJakarta services due to floods caused by heavy rain," the bus operator said on its Twitter account, @PT_TransJakarta. "We hope you would understand and be patient. Thanks.”

The Jakarta Police's traffic division counted 52 flooded roads as of noon, in all parts of the city.

"There's 16 [flooded] areas in Central Jakarta, 11 in North Jakarta, 10 in West Jakarta, nine in South Jakarta, and six in East Jakarta," said Adj. Sr. Comr. Budiyanto of the Jakarta Police.

Train services were also disrupted as the Tanah Abang and Kota train stations were flooded. The KRL commuter trains from Jakarta's satellite cities Bogor and Depok could go no further than Manggarai station in South Jakarta.

Apologizing for the situation, a spokeswoman for train company KAI Commuter Jabodetabek, Eva Chairunisa, said in a statement that travelers were advised to use modes of transportation because it was too dangerous for trains to pass flooded areas.

As a precautionary measure, state utility firm Perusahaan Listrik Negera shut down its power grid in several areas of North, West and Central Jakarta.

"PLN will restore the electricity supply when our installations and those of our customers are dry and ready," spokesman Mambang Hertadi told a press conference in Jakarta.

Mambang said that the company had cut off electricity distribution at 294 substations in Marunda and Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta; Cikupa, Kebon Jeruk, Cengkareng and Teluk Naga in West Jakarta; and Cempaka Putih in Central Jakarta — as the substations  were flooded.

“We will clean up the substations and check them first,” the spokesman added. “For the customers, please make sure that all electronic appliances and installations are no longer wet.”